Under-21 goalscorer Connor Wickham spoke after win over Northern Ireland
England 2-0 Northern Ireland
7.30pm, Tuesday 13 November 2012
Bloomfield Road, Blackpool FC
Man of the match Connor Wickham hailed the performance of the England Under-21s' new boys after Stuart Pearce’s side defeated Northern Ireland 2-0 at Bloomfield Road.
Nick Powell, Harry Maguire, Nathaniel Chalobah, Will Hughes, Liam Moore and Benik Afobe all made their Under-21 bows as England clinched a sixth successive win for the first time in 21 years.
Wickham broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time, meeting captain Jordan Henderson’s delightful chipped free-kick to head home.
And debutant Afobe sealed the win 15 minutes from time, converting from the penalty spot after being hauled down inside the box.
Wickham said: The new boys fitted right in and we went out and did the job we were supposed to do.
"It was a team effort and we all played our part.”
Speaking about his goal, the forward added: “I just made sure I hit it with the other side of my head and luckily it did and it went in.
“It’s important for me to score. I had quite a few chances today and luckily one went in.
"It’s just down to me to prove to the manager that I can stake a claim in the team and keep my performances going and scoring goals.”
Watch the post-match FATV interview with Connor Wickham following his goal against Northern Ireland in the player above.
1 Ben Amos, 2 Adam Smith, 3 Jack Robinson, 4 Josh McEachran, 5 Andre Wisdom, 6 Tom Lees, 7 Tom Ince, 8 Jordan Henderson (c), 9 Connor Wickham, 10 Nick Powell, 11 Andros Townsend
12 Nathaniel Clyne, 13 Jason Steele, 14 Liam Moore, 15 Harry Maguire, 16 Nat Chalobah, 17 Will Hughes, 18 Martyn Waghorn, 19 Benik Afobe, 20 Sam Johnstone
: Stuart Pearce
Connor Wickham 45, Benik Afobe (p) 75